Countdown to the ADI Conference 2024: A message from our CEO and conference speakers

As we count down the remaining days until the launch of this global event in Kraków, Poland, ADI is proud to share a message from our CEO, Paola Barbarino, and highlight some of our key speakers joining us from 24-26 April 2024.

In the landscape of recent advancements in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research, collaboration, and advocacy, the 36th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International stands out as an event that galvanises insights, innovations and inspirations into action. As we count down the remaining days until the launch of this global event in Kraków, Poland, ADI is proud to share a message from our CEO, Paola Barbarino, and highlight some of our key speakers joining us from 24-26 April 2024.

ADI Conference serves as a pivotal moment for reflection, learning, and collaboration, highlighting key advancements in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research and advocacy. With each iteration, it brings together experts and stakeholders from around the globe to share knowledge, discuss advancements, and foster partnerships aimed at improving the lives of those affected by these conditions.  

ADI CEO, Paola Barbarino shares her thoughts on this year’s anticipated conference:  

Dear friends, members, and colleagues, I cannot tell you how much I look forward to seeing you in Kraków. It has been two years since our conference in London, and it will be wonderful to be together again to meet old friends, make new ones, learn, get new perspectives, and celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have come so far! We know we have so much work ahead of us, but it’s great from time to time to stop and think about all the great things we have done together, whilst we work towards a brighter tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to an incredible conference this year, we will have 6 plenaries, 30 parallel sessions, a film and arts room, over 300 posters, and over 30 exhibitors. We are also honoured to welcome royal ambassadors Her Majesty The Queen Sofía of Spain and Her Royal Highness Princess Mouna of Jordan. We can already count attendees from 92 countries, and this can only go up from here. If you have not registered yet, please do and take this opportunity to join us for this year’s fantastic programme, either in-person or online. Iit is a great opportunity to learn the latest advances in the field; including two expert-led sessions on AI, Assistive technologies and innovations, which should not be missed! 

The conference promises to be nothing short of extraordinary with a comprehensive lineup that ensures that attendees will have ample opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research, innovative technologies, and best practices in dementia care, support and diagnostics, as well as hear from voices with lived experience of dementia  

Distinguished guests and speakers include:  

  • Dr Alireza Atri , Senior Scientist of Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, USA 
  • Prof Lee-Fay Low, Professor in Ageing and Health, University of Sydney, Australia 
  •  Dr Joanne Pike, President & CEO, Alzheimer’s Association, USA 
  • Dr Dévora Kestel, Director of Mental Health and Substance Use, World Health Organisation, Switzerland 
  • Patrick Italo Johan Ettenes, Lived Experience Advisor & Co-Founder, Bring Dementia Out and Consultant, LGBT Foundation, UK 
  • Prof Miia Kivipelto, Professor of Clinical Geriatrics at Karolinska Institutet (KI), Center for Alzheimer Research, Sweden 

And many more.


Lorène Gilly of France Alzheimer et maladies apparentées, and conference speaker for the Dementia risk reduction session 2, shares her thoughts on the importance of her upcoming session topic:  

 I am looking forward to it as it is an essential subject and we all need to improve our efforts to raise awareness about brain health and risk reduction. It is also the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by initiatives that other stakeholders are enhancing in the field all over the world and to exchange with all the participants. Between what we already know and the need for more answers, there is room for spreading accurate messages about prevention and dementia risk reduction and for tackling stigmas.

Professor Claire Webster of McGill University, Canada, and conference speaker for Plenary 1: Advances in diagnostics and post diagnostic support, shared insights into her expertise that will be contributed to this vital plenary session:  

During the ADI panel discussion on April 24, I will talk about how this program has evolved to fill a real need in society. I look forward to sharing my insights, and I hope to motivate others who share my passion to collaborate with leading universities and advocate for better resources with the goal of empowering and supporting care partners of People living with dementia .  

I am a former care partner with lived experience in caring for my mother, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. Frustrated with the lack of support and information that I received, in 2017, I approached the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences to explore ways that we could collaborate to better support people living with dementia and their care partners. I joined forces with neurologist Dr. Serge Gauthier and geriatrician Dr. José Morais to establish the Dementia Education Program. 

The breadth of expertise represented by the speakers highlights the international significance of the conference and is a testament to the collective commitment to addressing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on a global scale. 

For those unable to attend in person, who are considering online registration, the virtual platform provides a valuable opportunity for remote participation and engagement, ensuring that the insights and discussions are accessible to an international audience. Please refer to the online programme to see which sessions will be available for livestream, as not all sessions will be recorded. 

The ADI Global Conference 2024 represents not only a milestone in the organisation’s history, marking our 40th year in our global efforts to improve the lives of those living with dementia and carers, but also a crucial juncture that will  feature a diverse array of sessions, esteemed speakers, and international attendees.  

The ADI team and esteemed conference guests are counting down the days until we convene in Kraków to learn the latest insights, innovations and inspirations on dementia,. We look forward to welcoming you.  

For more information and registration details, please visit the ADI Conference 2024 website.

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